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Mark Mascal and Edward B. Nikitin Dramatic Advancements in the Saccharide to 5-(Chloromethyl)furfural Conversion Reaction ChemSusChem 2

Version of Record online: 14 SEP 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.200900136

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CMF from biomass ten times faster: Sugars, cellulose, and corn stover are converted into 5-(chloromethyl)furfural (CMF) in only 3 h by digestion with hydrochloric acid in a closed, biphasic reactor at 80–100 °C in >80 % isolated yield. Under the same conditions, chitin gives a mixture of CMF and levulinic acid in a combined yield of 74 %.

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